Basel → Amsterdam
Discover the many beautiful facets of “Father Rhine” during this week-long cruise along one of the most important and attractive rivers of Europe. Take a detour along the winding Moselle River. Delight in the panorama of the myth-enshrouded Middle Rhine Valley with its winelands, the prominent Lorelei rock and the highest density of castles in the world. The highlight of this trip is a stunning pyrotechnic display featuring colorful fountains, Catherine wheels and crackling comets.
Enjoy the spectacle of the romantic Rhine valley bathed in the glow of 800 red lights and magnificent hilltop firework displays. The opening fireworks accompany the start of the boat parade, which provides some 22,000 passengers with mesmerizing views of the illuminated castles, palaces and riverside promenades.
Your journey begins in Basel, the third-largest city in Switzerland. After embarking, you can explore your AMADEUS ship and meet the cruise director on board at a Welcome Cocktail. Your floating hotel departs for Strasbourg shortly before the Welcome Dinner on board.
During the night, your ship left Switzerland and followed the Rhine into the Alsace region in the south of France. During breakfast, arrive in Strasbourg – a city known not only for its romantic old town, but also for the numerous important European institutions housed there. In the morning, explore the city independently, or as part of an organised tour. A detour to the countryside is highly recommended, particularly along the famous wine route, where the quaint wine-growing villages will delight wine-lovers and the general public alike. Late tonight, your ship departs for Germany.
Before breakfast, arrive in the Rhineland-Palatinate town of Speyer, which played an important role in the Holy Roman Empire during the Middle Ages. Your ship remains here until lunchtime, offering time to explore this historic destination. Your trip continues for roughly 25 kilometers towards Mannheim, our next stop along the picturesque Rhine for the remainder of the day. This young city is best explored with an extended walk, or alternatively you can take a trip to the nearby city of Heidelberg, which boasts a beautiful Baroque old town. Late at night, your ship continues in the direction of Rüdesheim.
This morning you can enjoy cruising along the Mosel River to the romantic town of Cochem. The magnificent Reichsburg castle is situated high above the town, dominating the landscape. Down below, the village with its narrow streets, half timbered houses, and numerous restaurants are an ideal setting to taste the wines of the region. Back on board dinner is served as the journey continues to Koblenz.
The highlight of this cruise awaits you today! But before you can indulge in mesmerizing fireworks and nightly views of the illuminated castles, palaces and riverside promenades in Ruedesheim, will take you first to Koblenz, one of Germany’s oldest and most beautiful towns, where you can start the day with a leisurely stroll through the city.
Your AMADEUS ship will depart punctually at lunchtime, to cruise the most beautiful section of the river – the legendary Upper Middle Rhine Valley. The view from the sun deck, of the myth-enshrouded Lorelei, is sure to be a highlight of your cruise.
In the late afternoon, arrive in Ruedesheim, a town well known for its winemakng, especially Reisling wines. Nearby, Siegried's Mechanical Music Cabinet with its historic automated musical instruments is a delight.
In the evening, enjoy the spectacle of a countryside illuminated in the radiance of the "Rhine in Flames": The amazing fireworks display lights up the nightly sky and the red Bengal lights reflect in the waters of the Rhine.
The morning is dedicated to the fascinating city of Cologne, which has over a million inhabitants. You can expect a young, vibrant metropolis with a rich cultural history and many world-famous sights, in particular the famous Cologne Cathedral. A city tour here is a must for everyone with a cultural bent. After lunch, your floating hotel departs Cologne. The afternoon is spent on board and in the evening, the captain invites you to a festive Gala Dinner, full of wonderful regional dishes.
By lunchtime you will have crossed yet another country border to arrive in the Dutch town of Hoorn. This picturesque village is a jumping off point for the optional overland trip to the north of Holland and Amsterdam. For those remaining onboard, discover the beauty of the Dutch Watwerays as the ship glides toward the capital city of the Netherlands, where it will remain docked for the evening.
After breakfast we bid you farewell. We hope to welcome you again soon!
Owing to the variety of available excursions it‘s often difficult to choose between them - so on this cruise we offer you tailor-made and carefully composed sets of excursions that you can book in advance with 15% discount. All excursions can of course also be booked individually at regular rates on board.
|Cruise Highlights||Unit Price||A||B||C|
|City Tour of Strasbourg||$ 70.00|
|Alsace and wine excursion||$ 72.00|
|Speyer walking tour||$ 21.00|
|Excursion to Heidelberg||$ 60.00|
|Cochem walking tour with wine tasting||$ 51.00|
|Koblenz walking tour||$ 21.00|
|Rüdesheim walking tour incl. music cabinet museum||$ 31.00|
|Cologne walking tour||$ 28.00|
|Excursion North Holland and city tour of Amsterdam with canal trip||$ 72.00|
|Onboard Booking Price||$ 251.00||$ 312.00||$ 426.00|
|Prices for packages booked in advance||$ 215.00||$ 266.00||$ 363.00|